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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Cora Zeta Corpening, center, front row, 1916

In 1915, Cora Zeta Corpening became the first woman to enroll in the medical school. Male students objected to her presence at first but eventually accepted her. Corpening proudly sat on the front row in the second-year class photograph. Today women make up about half of the medical school's enrollment.